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Alyssa Lott Installed as a Co-Director of the Advocacy Committee on the Board of Directors, South Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

Pictured L-R – Kathleen Dohn, Alyssa Lott, Arlette Leyba

Brown & Connery is proud to share that Alyssa Lott, an attorney of the firm, has been installed as a Co-Director of the Advocacy Committee on the Board of Directors of the South Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).  The appointment is effective July 1, 2024 and runs through June 30, 2025.  This is Ms. Lott’s second year serving in this role.

NAWBO South Jersey is dedicated to providing support, education, mentoring, and networking opportunities for women business owners and their associates in the region.  The organization serves the needs of women business owners in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Atlantic, Cape May, and portions of Mercer counties.

As Co-Director of the Advocacy Committee, Ms. Lott works hand in hand with NAWBO National and has helped introduce NAWBO members to those who legislate on behalf of constituents throughout the South Jersey region.  The Advocacy Committee’s goal is to foster bi-partisan support for women in business in South Jersey and to educate members about local, state, and national public policy issues that impact business.

 

 

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Brown & Connery Welcomes its 2024 Summer Law Clerks

Brown & Connery is excited to commence its 2024 summer law clerk program and extends a warm welcome to this year’s summer law clerks: Taylor LaRosa, Olivia Hunt, and James Park.

Over the course of the summer, the law clerks will have an opportunity to gain valuable experience working on a variety of legal matters across the firm’s several offices and numerous practice areas.  They will be mentored by attorneys of various levels, will receive direct exposure to the legal process, and will be provided meaningful opportunities to attend client meetings, court hearings, mediations, depositions, and closings.  They will also be invited to attend seminars, luncheons, and other outings to further develop professional and personal ties with the firm and its attorneys.

This year’s class includes a diverse group of law students with an impressive array of backgrounds.

  • Taylor LaRosa is a rising 3L student attending Rutgers Law School.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University, College of Arts and Sciences.  He participates in Hunter Moot Court and is a member of the Rutgers Business Law Review.
  • Olivia Hunt is a rising 3L student attending Rutgers Law School.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, College of Arts and Sciences.  She is a member of the Women’s Law Caucus and the Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion.
  • James Park is a rising 3L student attending Rutgers Law School.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, College of Arts and Sciences.  He is a member of the Asian Pacific Americans Law Student Association and the Rutgers Tech and Computer Law Journal.

Founded in 1928, Brown & Connery is among the oldest and most well-established law firms in Southern New Jersey.  Many of the firm’s current attorneys previously participated in the firm’s summer law clerk program before graduating from law school.

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Shawn S. Huber Serves as Moderator for NJICLE Program on Slip-and-Fall Cases

On May 3, 2024, Shawn C. Huber, Esq. served as a moderator for a CLE program presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  The program, titled “Anatomy of a Slip-and-Fall Case,” provided a expansive outline for handling slip-and-fall cases in the State of New Jersey, including insights from industry experts, as well as a special segment offering a judicial perspective.  The program was presented in cooperation with the Certified Attorney and Civil Trial Bar Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Mr. Huber is a partner of the firm and he concentrates his practice in personal injury, commercial litigation, municipal law, and subrogation matters.  He has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney since 2011.  He is a regular speaker for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, National Business Institute, and the Camden County Bar Association. 

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Michele Haas Presents at 2024 NJSBA Annual Meeting Workers’ Compensation Bench-Bar Conference

           

On May 17, 2024, Michele Haas, Esq., Vice Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (“NJSBA’s”) Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee, moderated the 2024 NJSBA Annual Meeting Workers’ Compensation Bench-Bar Conference – “Back to Basics.”  During the conference, Ms. Haas joined a panel of esteemed practitioners to discuss a variety of topics relating to workers’ compensation law, including the roles of attorneys and doctors/experts in cases, a primer on medical examinations and testing, legislative and case law updates, and the use of interpreters at trial.

 Ms. Haas is Counsel with the firm and concentrates her practice in the defense of workers’ compensation matters.  She is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Workers’ Compensation Law Attorney.  

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William F. Cook Serves as Speaker for the Camden County Bar Association’s Civil Practice Update Seminar

William F. Cook served as a speaker for the Camden County Bar Association’s Civil Practice Update on May 6, 2024.  This annual seminar covered key developments in New Jersey appellate cases in various practice areas including employment law, commercial litigation, complex litigation, and trial advocacy.  Mr. Cook also discussed recent changes to the New Jersey Court Rules and potential upcoming rule changes of importance to practitioners.  Mr. Cook is a partner with the firm and a co-chair of the CCBA’s Civil Practice Committee.

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Louis R. Lessig Serves as Distinguished Speaker for SHRM and HRCI Approved Seminar

On April 9, 2024, Louis R. Lessig, Esq. served as the keynote speaker for an employment law seminar hosted by Emerson HR and held at the Cherry Hill Library. The seminar, titled “Cracking the Code: Navigating the Latest Employment Law Minefields with Ethical Finesse,” was credit approved by both the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and for ethics credit for the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). During the seminar, Mr. Lessig delved into the intersection of employment law and ethical activities arising from hot topic issues and provided clarity on navigating various employment laws.

Mr. Lessig is a partner of the firm and he concentrates his practice in labor and employment counseling, litigation, negotiations and training. Mr. Lessig currently serves as the Northeast Membership Advisory Council (MAC) representative for SHRM and is the immediate past New Jersey State Director for GSC-SHRM. He is also an active member of National Speakers Association

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New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Appellate Decision Supporting Management Rights in the Public Sector

On April 5, 2024, the New Jersey Supreme Court rescinded its grant of certification in In the Matter of James Harnett (Supreme Court Docket No.: 087997).  The case challenged a Civil Service Commission regulation that affords public employers the discretion to accept or deny an employee’s request to rescind a previously offered resignation.

In this case, a ranking police officer sent an email to his Chief that he was retiring in two weeks and would take vacation during those weeks.  He also cleaned out his office and turned in his badge and gun.  Shortly thereafter, he had a change of heart and wanted to rescind his resignation.  Relying on the Civil Service Commission regulation, Pennsauken Township denied his request.  The employee appealed to the Civil Service Commission claiming that he never used the word “resignation.”  Rather, he indicated that he was “retiring” and that under the State Pension rules, he was entitled to rescind his retirement at any time leading up to his first pension check.

The Civil Service Commission upheld the Township’s action as lawful.  The matter was appealed and the State FOP joined in as amicus curiae.  The Appellate Division, in an unpublished opinion, upheld the Township’s action and the determination of the Civil Service Commission.  The New Jersey Supreme Court accepted certification of the case and oral argument was held.  The Supreme Court determined that certification was not appropriate and, in an unusual move, vacated its certification decision and effectively upheld the decision of the Appellate Division in favor of the Township.

Michael J. DiPiero, Esq., a partner of the firm, argued the matter at the Appellate Division and the Supreme Court.  Andrew S. Brown, Esq., an associate of the firm, also assisted on the matter.  This decision supports management rights in public sector employment decisions.  The unpublished opinion of the Appellate Division and the Order of the Supreme Court in this matter can be found here: https://www.njcourts.gov/ht/node/867381.

Source: njcourts.gov

Arlette Leyba Serves as CLE Co-Chair for the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Conference

Arlette Leyba, Esq. recently attended the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (“HNBA’s”) Corporate Counsel Conference in Seattle, Washington. She began her journey with the HNBA as a law student, volunteering at various conferences and holding multiple positions in the Law Student Division. After law school, she was appointed Deputy Secretary and Law School Liaison.

This year, Ms. Leyba serves as the CLE Co-Chair, where she selected 17 panels out of over 70 submissions for the conference. She analyzed the submissions covering a multitude of topics, including employment law, anti-trust, artificial intelligence, recent Supreme Court decisions, and attorney wellness. In addition, Ms. Leyba participated in selecting the panelists and gathering materials for CLE accreditation submission. Nearly 90 seasoned attorneys from law firms and businesses nationwide spoke at this year’s conference. She will continue to serve as the CLE Co-chair for the HNBA’s Annual Conference in September.

Ms. Leyba is an associate with the firm and concentrates her practice in labor and employment, complex civil litigation, and financial services and banking.

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Four Brown & Connery Attorneys Named to the 2024 New Jersey Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Brown & Connery is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the 2024 New Jersey Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Each year, no more than 5% of practicing attorneys in New Jersey are selected to the Super Lawyers list and no more than 2.5% are selected to the Rising Stars list.

The Brown & Connery attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in 2024 include:

  • William M. Tambussi, Partner – Employment & Labor, Super Lawyer
  • Louis R. Lessig, Partner – Employment & Labor, Super Lawyer
  • Alyssa I. Lott, Associate – Employment & Labor, Rising Star
  • J.T. Triantos, Associate – General Litigation, Rising Star

The 2024 New Jersey Super Lawyers publication, in its entirety, can be found here.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters company, recognizes the top attorneys nationwide, across a variety of practice areas and firm sizes, using a patented process of independent research and peer input. A description of the selection process and methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Source: superlawyers.com

Brown & Connery Celebrates Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, Brown & Connery hosted the Female Partners & Associates Lunch: A Firm Roundtable at Tavistock Country Club. The event featured speakers, Susan Leming, Kathleen Dohn, Julie Montgomery, Stephanie Meredith, Therese Taraschi and was moderated by Kayla Louis. This robust conversation provided a forum for the partners to share with the associates women who inspired them, important lessons/advice learned throughout their career, effective ways to build business, and methods to maintain balance between career and personal lives. The panel discussion was followed by an informative Q&A session.

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